Key Facts

Course Title: Social and Community Psychology
Course type: MSc
Contact Details:Bev Davies
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Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Subject Area: Psychology


 ****  Application deadline is  31st August 2017  ****

The MSc in Social & Community Psychology prepares psychology graduates for the next stage of their career in research or applied areas of social and community psychology. 

Keele has a vibrant, well-established and ever-expanding community of researchers in aspects of social and community psychology, combining tradition and innovation. Students will benefit from their expertise across a wide range of areas including experimental social psychology, group dynamics, cyberpsychology; and critical social psychology, qualitative, participatory and arts-based research approaches. MSc students are made to feel part of this research culture both through the formal modules and through involvement in research seminars and meetings.

Career destinations
Many of our MSc graduates go on to take up positions in the workplace or register for a PhD in psychology.

Aims of the Course

The programme provides taught content and research training in a range of areas in social & community psychology, building on areas of staff research expertise. Strengths include critical social psychology, qualitative, participatory and arts-based research approaches; community-based action research; experimental social psychology, group dynamics, and cyberpsychology.

Entry Requirements

This course is open to graduates with a first or upper second-class degree in psychology (or a cognate discipline with some psychology study) or overseas equivalent. International students are very welcome. We accept IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.0 in each subtest.

Course Content

The programme addresses written and communication skills, independent learning skills, data analysis, critical reflection and critical evaluation. Our students benefit from a wide range of support including accessible academic staff with a wide range of expertise, laboratory and other research space, study space, and access to IT and research tools.

List of Module Titles

  • Advanced Study in Social & Community Psychology (30 credits)
  • Contemporary Research in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Research Skills & Design (15 credits)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Statistics (15 credits)
  • Research Apprenticeship in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (75 credits)

Teaching and Assessment

The course is of one year duration for full time and two years for part-time.

The course is assessed through written coursework, unseen examination, verbal presentation of research, and independent research written up as a dissertation.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme. Limited support is available for research-related expenses.

For information on fees please see the latest information here for taught postgraduate fees.
There are a number of bursaries on offer to both home and overseas postgraduate students. Please see this page for more information.

The School of Psychology will fund students to attend a UK conference to present their dissertation research.